The Washington Football Team can’t seem to do anything right these days.
Just shortly after the team faced heavy criticism over not helping Eagles fans who fell from a section in their stadium, they decided that now was the best time to drop the big news. Washington will unveil its new name on Feb. 2, more than a year after retiring their previous one, over mounting pressure that the team name which was established in the 1930s – was racist toward Native Americans.
As far as the name goes, the candidates are the to the Armada, Presidents, Brigade, Redhawks, Commanders, and Defenders.
However, it appears the team may have accidentally leaked it already as the domain ‘WashingtonAdmirals.com’ links back to the Washington Football Team’s main website, which the other names do not.
“We are confident that this identity is one that our team and our fans across D.C., Maryland, Virginia and beyond can rally behind for another 90 years and more as we continue to cheer on the Burgundy & Gold in this next chapter,” Jason Wright said in a statement posted to the team’s website.
He also made sure to note that two of the most popular names among fans would not be used.
“Early on we understood Wolves – or some variation of it – was one of our fan favorites. As I’ve said all along, we take feedback from our fans seriously, and because of your interest in this name, we put Wolves on a list of options to explore fully,” Wright said. “Once we began looking into Wolves, however, we became aware of a notable challenge: trademarks held by other teams would limit our ability to make the name our own. And without Wolves, variations like RedWolves wouldn’t have been viable either for these and other reasons.”
He continued: “The prospect of years of litigation wasn’t something that we wanted you, our fans, to have to bear as you begin to embrace a new brand.”
The morning show with Boomer and Gio even tweeted this out confirming the teams new name.